Richard Jesse Watson

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Gender MALE
Industry Arts
Occupation Children's Book Illustrator and Author
Location Port Townsend, WA, United States
Introduction I am the servant of my cats. Also an artist, author, and illustrator. I can almost fly around at will. Actually, when I folk dance I do fly. My first picture book for children was published in 1986, and I have been making books ever since. Somehow I married one of the world's greatest treasures. My world is filled with kids, grandkids, dogs, cats, rabbits, robots, dinosaurs, and fairies. Really. I believe with all my heart that we can make a difference in this world. It starts with giving, forgiving, and living out love. You know, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". Making art can be a part of making a better world. Dostoevsky said, "The world will be saved by beauty."
Interests the "fam", drawing, painting, writing, reading, hiking, intergalactic travel, folk dance
Favorite Movies The Cats of Mirikitani, Stranger Than Fiction, Master and Commander Far Side of the World, Once, Gung Ho, Born Into Brothels, French Kiss, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, What About Bob, Gladiator, Bagdad Cafe, Groundhog Day, The Dream Team, Tremors
Favorite Music Faith Pray, J.S.Bach, Tchaikovsky, Eric Satie, Leo Delibes, Balkan Cabaret, Eastern European, Royal Wood, Zap Mama, The Wailin' Jennys, Santana, Sacred Treasures (Choral Master Works from Russia), Khaled, Ry Cooder, Andrea Bocelli, Düvo, Ravi Shankar
Favorite Books The Bible, War and Peace, What Men Live By, The Idiot, Grapes of Wrath, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Testament of Hope (the Essential Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr.), The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Portent, The Princess and the Goblin, Life of Pi, Make Way For Ducklings, Blueberries For Sal, A Lot of Otters, Chess Rumble, Harry Potter